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Old 04-14-2019, 09:00 PM
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Pop-up ads constantly invite me to take simple quizzes on a variety of topics -- US state capitals, world history, WWII planes, ad so forth. If taking such quizzes is harmless entertainment, that's fine. But could there be any downside -- for example, working up a marketing profile of the individual? Is anybody in the Forum able to explain the pros and cons?
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Sadly, I think gotham is right.
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Pop-ups are why pop-up blockers were developed.
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Those "quizzes" and those articles that require you to click through many pages to see the entire story
are usually just a way of getting you to click through many pages carrying much advertising.
the goal being just to show you as many ads as possible and increase the chances of you clicking on one or more.

Just be sure not to click on any suspicious links or download anything.

Also, be sure never "agree" to ANYTHING.
Even if it looks like a proper system popup.
Activating flash is a common malware attack in this fashion.
Nowadays, most systems have flash operations turned off, and you are asked if you wish to "run".

In this malware scenario, a little popup looks exactly like your normal system popup
asking you to agree to activate flash for some reason
...like maybe you clicked on what looks like a video playback.
But when you agree, it takes you somewhere, or downloads something, or activates a software in your system.
Very nasty misdirection.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:57 PM
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Damn good advice, Airdave. I've been steering clear of "activate flash" requests for the past year or so after we had to do major security surgery following a nasty attempt to get into the system via just such a request.

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